Seven K-pop idols including Filipino-American Kriesha Chu performed together at the “Super Pop Concert Music Festival 2017 Mission I” held recently at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
B.A.P, B1A4, BTOB, VIXX, Pentagon, B.I.G and Chu elicited cheers and screams from fans as they performed at the two-and-a-half hour concert also aimed at spreading the word on the partnership between Kirin and PDP-Laban in building more drug rehabilitation and renewal centers in the Philippines.
Chu, runner-up in the Korean TV audition show “K-pop Star 6,” performed for the first time in the country and said she’s glad to be back.
“Actually I was born in Manila,” she said during a press conference before the show. “It’s actually nice to be here. The last time I came to the Philippines was when I was still a trainee; this time coming back, as a solo artist.”
She performed “Trouble” and “I Want You,” two songs in her debut K-pop album, during the show and surprised everyone when she sang “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana,” originally sung by Bituin Escalante.
Chu said she can’t still believe that she competed in “K-pop Star 6” that ended with her winning second place.
“It’s something that makes me happy and also makes me nervous at the same time. It makes me work harder,” she added.
B1A4 said they’re delighted to be in the country again.
“We’re glad that we were able to come back. To all the fans that we saw at the airport and outside the area, we’re very happy and excited,” said Jinyoung.
The group performed their songs “What’s Happening,” “Baby Good Night,” “A Lie” and “Good Timing.”
VIXX sang “Shangri-La,” “Black Out,” “On and On,” “Fantasy,” and “Love Equation.”
“We are glad to meet fans in the Philippines and we would love to show them what we have prepared,” said.
Asked about what makes their Pinoy fans special, Hyuk said, “Thank you for your support through SNS [social networking site or social media] and thank you for your warm welcome whenever we visit the Philippines even if it’s just once a year.”
Seven-member BTOB dazzled the crowd with their songs “It’s Okay,” “2nd Confession,” “Someday,” “Pray (I’ll Be Your Man)” and “Movie.”
Eunkwang said BTOB is thrilled to meet Filipino fans once more.
“When we came here last March, they really loved us a lot and we really hope to come back as soon as possible,” he said, adding that they are considering holding a concert in the country. “We heard that Filipino fans want us to have a solo concert as soon as possible so we will really do our best and we’ll meet you again soon.”
On behalf of the group, Peniel sympathized with Pinoys who were affected by the magnitude 6.5 Leyte earthquake
“Our prayers go out to everyone that was injured in the earthquake. Let’s all pray together,” he said.
Rookie group Pentagon said they were glad to be performing with their seniors at the concert.
“We are thankful that we can work together with our sunbaenims [senior colleagues] and we expect a lot of things in the festival. We will do our best,” they said before.
They opened the concert and rendered their songs “Beautiful,” “Critical Beauty,” Pretty Pretty,” and “Can You Feel It.”
Five-member boy band B.I.G said they were really looking forward to their visit to the country.
“We are really excited to come here because we see our [social media accounts] there are a lot of Filipino fans who reply and cheer for us. (Philippines) is one of countries that we really want to visit,” they said.
Prior to the concert, they performed on the TV show “Showtime” where they met Vice Ganda.
Benji described Vice Ganda as “flamboyant” and said he and B.I.G want to hang out with him.
“To Vice Ganda, it was lovely meeting you and if possible, I would really love to get together and hang out, whether a party or just get a coffee. You know, me and the boys we are ready for any kind of meeting,” he said.
He said the Philippines is “very, very lovely country. I love the food here.” At the concert, B.I.G performed “Hello Hello,” “1.2.3” and “Aphrodite.”
Benji also announced that B.I.G will be coming back to the country for a concert called “The Beginning” slated on Sept. 2.
Six-member boy band B.A.P sang “Carnival,” “Wake Me Up,” “No Mercy,” “That’s My Jam” and “One Shot.”
B.A.P came here last March and said “we are really thankful to Filipino fans because they are so welcoming.”
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